Friday, 1 June 2012

Student Success - Making Learning Accessible

Student Goal:

Record ideas about a model that he/she has designed and built.

iPad App:

Comic Life

Learning Task:

One day while subbing in one of our classes. I noticed one of our complex learners was not focused on what we were doing as a while group. She was building a castle out of geometrical shapes. She was totally focused and and engaged in her little mini project.When a school assistant came in to help we gave the student an iPad and invited her to make a comic page about her creation. In about 25-30 minutes she was able to produce an amazing piece of work without too much hassle at all.This usually doesn’t particular student doesn’t enjoy writing but in this case was certainly enthusiastic about making this Comic Life poster. With a little help with the spelling, she was successful in some written reflection. 


Gr4 Social - The Story of Artifacts

iPad Apps:

Comic Life for iPad
StopMotion Studio for iPad

Student Learning Goal: 

Social Studies - To tell stories about Alberta's rich history using artifacts from the past.

Learning Task:

The students in our 4 grade four classes have just completed a huge social studies inquiry project. Their mission was to learn about how artifacts from the past were important to the different people of Alberta.
Students were able to choose an artifact from a wide variety of authentic and real artifacts. They then had to learn about how that artifact was used and who it was important to.
All groups had to use books and internet to research their artifact to learn more about it. In some cases, experts were invited in to the classroom to share their knowledge about particular artifacts.
Students were given a choice of different ways to present their stories:
  • Green Screen  & iMovie
  • iWeb
  • Voki (animated avatar)
  • Stop Motion animation
  • Comic Life for iPad

Some examples of the videos and webpages can be found to the right.

We called it Fort Discovery...